OFFICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIFORNlA. TELEPHONE (213) 354-5Oll
NOTE TO EDITORS
MONDAY, JUNE 7, 1976

       The NASA press room for the Viking Mars landing mission will open Monday, June 14, in the von Karman auditorium at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 48OO Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena.

       A mission briefing will be held at 9:OO am, Tuesday, June 15.

       AGENDA

       Mission Overview------Jim S. Martin, Jr., Project Manager

       Planetary-Operations--Tom Young, Mission Director

       Science---------------Dr. Gerald Soffen, Project Scientist

       (Contact the JPL Public Information Office for complete schedule of daily briefings.)

       Viking 1 will be inserted into Mars orbit on June 19. The Viking 1 landing is scheduled for July 4th.

       Viking 2 will orbit Mars on August 7 with the landing scheduled for September 4.

       The Viking mission is conducted by the Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA. JPL is responsible for the Orbiter spacecraft and tracking and communications. Martin Marietta, Denver, Colorado, is responsible to Langley for the Lander.

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